Citizen journalist of the Crimean Solidarity public association was imprisoned for political reasons in the Russian Federation from October 2017 to September 2020, when the court acquitted him due to lack of evidence. After almost four years behind bars, Ametov was released from custody and returned to his family. In March 2022, the court of appeal overturned the verdict, and Ametov has been behind bars again since April.
He lived in Bakhchisarai, has a wife and two children. A lawyer by profession, after the illegal annexation of Crimea, he became a Crimean Solidarity citizen journalist, working as a photographer and cameraman.
In October 2017, Russian security forces searched his home, causing psychological trauma to the children. Ametov was detained together with five more Crimean Tatars, including three citizen journalists: Seyran Saliev, Marlen (Suleyman) Asanov, and Timur Ibragimov. Ametov was charged with activities of a terrorist organization. On December 29, 2022, Ernes Ametov was sentenced to 11 years in a high-security prison.